Thank you, thank you, Tyler, Texas! Great to be back to see many whom I'd met at the Oil Palace after my pro-American Energy speech. Really great to meet new friends today, too! Your gracious Southern welcome warms us right up. Special thanks to everyone who joined us today and provided fun, laughter, and new energy in the book line. And what a super staff at Sam’s Club! Now on to that other energy-producing sister state America loves – Oklahoma! (Alaskans of a certain age will remember an infamous bumper sticker about Texans and Okies which was popular when finishing construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the 70’s… but I promise it was never on my truck! “Happiness is a Texan flying south with an Okie under each arm.” Just in jest and we love you guys! Er, y'all.)
The following was published by KLTV9:
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Hundreds of East Texans lined up for hours Wednesday morning for their shot at meeting former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin was in Tyler Wednesday, a pit stop that is part of her nationwide tour promoting her new book.
Many people in line drove or even flew in for a chance to meet the former Alaskan governor.
One of those men was Michael Jenkins, who was first in line for the book-signing frenzy. Jenkins arrived just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
“This is my third time to see her,” Jenkins said. “The first time we made it over 20 hours before and we were not even close to the front of the line and I just wanted to make sure I got a spot in line.”
That meant braving low overnight temperatures in the 40s.
“I stayed in my car,” Jenkins said. “I had a blanket wrapped up right here, and then the rest of the time I was in my car. It was too cold.”
Marilyn Mcneely hit the road from Jefferson at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“I expected a long line this morning,” Mcneely said. “I almost jumped for joy when I saw I was number six.”
Number six in a line filled with hundreds, all waiting for a few brief seconds with the former governor. But it was all worth it for people like Shirley Greene, who is actually from Idaho.
“I had a trip planned to visit a friend in the Dallas area,” Green said. “So I rented a car and got up early this morning and drove down.”
Greene thinks of Palin as somewhat of a family friend. Video & more
From Texas it was on to Edmond, OK where an evening signing was scheduled at the Mardel Christian & Education Supply. Gov. Palin posted the following via Facebook:
O! K! Last night in Oklahoma, Kathy Young (see photo) shared her "The Best Peanut Butter Carb Bar EVER" recipe with me – sounded so good we almost ate the Christmas card it was written on! Thanks, Kathy, and congratulations on celebrating your Golden Wedding anniversary during the Christmas holiday at the same church in Edmond where you were married. As promised, I’ll make the Carb Bars when I get home. Friends, enjoy the tradition of sharing recipes as I did in “Good Tidings and Great Joy.” Or begin the tradition at our book events!
Thank you, Oklahoma, for supporting the "Good Tidings and Great Joy" message last night. So many inspiring people are committed to protect the heart of Christmas – and your efforts mean a world of difference in today's culture. Lots of conscientious parents and grandparents brought youngsters on a school night to share early Christmas cheer, testifying powerfully to sincere support. It was a joy to see so many happy faces sharing your Okie hospitality. Kudos to the thoughtful staff at Mardel; thanks for putting up with our healthy "energetic" chaos that inevitably accompanies big events! Now on to Arkansas and Kansas for ramped up empowering of good Americans so we can stand united for joyous tradition, faith, family and freedom.
UPDATE: Some of you have asked for that Peanut Butter Carb Bar Recipe that Kathy Young gave me last night. Here’s Kathy’s recipe:
The Best Carb Bar Recipe EVER by Kathy Young of Edmond, OK
1 c. Honey
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. Peanut Butter with nuts
4 c. Cereal – any kind (I love Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds)
Raisins, Chocolate Chips
1) Microwave Honey, Brown Sugar, and Peanut Butter on high 3 minutes in large bowl stirring every minute
2) Add Cereal to warm mixture
3) May add Raisins and Chocolate Chips to warm mixture (Chocolate Chips will melt)
4) Spread mixture into 13x9 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray
5) Cool, slice (approx. 30 squares) and enjoy!
Gov. Palin also shared a photo album consisting of twelve wonderful photos from the Edmond event. Once again, I'll point out that it's quite obvious that Gov. Palin really enjoys meeting her supporters.
KFOR TV published the following on Palin's book signing event:
EDMOND, Okla. – Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin made an appearance in the Sooner State.
She’s hosted a signing event in Edmond for her new holiday book.
Her new novel is titled “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”
The signing was at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mardel near 33rd St. and Boulevard.
The first 750 customers were guaranteed a spot in line but only if they had a wristband. Video here.
The schedule for first leg of the book tour can be found here and I'm looking forward to the announcement of the second leg stops.